Archive for November, 2009

Tonight is MALCOLM MIDDLETON's Long Dark Night. An intimate evening with Scotland's second favourite Arch-Miserablist and Ex Arab Strap vocalist. Hopefully uplifting, quietly depressing, Malcolm will perform a collection of comforting wintery acoustic songs about love, hate, death, and other stuff.

Joining Malcolm Middleton is boy-girl folk pop duo CURLY HAIR, who have the literate light/shade of Belle and Sebastian, the dark yet somehow bright twin melodies of The Moldy Peaches, and the promise of recent indie darlings Slow Club.

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Tuesday 2 March 2010
Doors 7pm

Heaven, Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG 020 7930 2020

Tickets £10.50 advance from:
0870 264 3333
020 7734 8932

LOCAL NATIVES play London's Heaven as part of their first ever headline tour. The Los Angeles quintet makes music that crackles with frenetic beats, agile melodies and cascading harmonies, tightly assembled in songs that advocate, in varying degrees of exuberance and wonderment. Their harmonic style is indicative of the influence of hazy beach bums of 60s SoCal and zombified Brit pop, while their percussion philosophy derives from somewhere more natural: a unifying connection between the five-piece developed over hours spent living together in their own guerilla hideaway in Silverlake, California. The album has the warmth and instant attraction of hearing the Fleet Foxes, mid period Talking Heads or Band of Horses for the first time.

Plus special guests

Plus special guests

Friday 30 April 2010
Doors 7pm

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT 020 8354 3300

The Temper Trap round off a spectacular 2009 with the news of another London show added to their previously announced UK tour for Spring of next year. Due to phenomenal demand the band have now confirmed a third night at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 30th April.

Hailing from Melbourne, Dougy, Lorenzo, Jonathon and Toby came to England earlier this year and have toured the UK and taken their exhilarating live show to festivals across the world. Their breakthrough single ‘Sweet Disposition’ became the anthem of the summer and climbed the UK charts for over 10 weeks ending up in the top ten and selling a staggering 250,000 copies. The album ‘Conditions’ garnered great reviews and achieved silver status six weeks after release. A new single ‘Fader’ is out January 4th.

The Temper Trap are also nominated for four awards at the ARIA Awards (Australian Record Industry Association) which takes place later this month. ‘Conditions’ is shortlisted for Album of The Year, Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist (album) and ‘Sweet Disposition’ for Single of the Year.

Tickets from:
0870 264 3333

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Sunday 15 November 2009
Doors 7:30pm

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London N1 0207 833 2022
Tickets £12.50 available from
0844 477 2000
0870 264 3333

THE DODOS are a duo from San Francisco, who throw together a delightful mix of ephemeral psych-folk-pop. Singer and guitarist Meric Long’s fleeting, intricate and finely-tuned finger-picking is warm and focused, resonating under his refined lyrical hopscotch and drummer Logan Kroeber’s foot-stomping tom and-tambourine back beat. The propulsive results recall everything from John Fahey to the Akron/Family, and hones the callings of free-spirited, unhinged acts like Animal Collective.

"San Francisco duo the Dodos matches fleet strumming and picking with steady percussion and select other instrumentation, playing deceptively low-key songs that accrue a modest power like proverbial stones and moss" Time Out New York

MEGAFAUN neatly splice together different strands of sounds, whether it's tape manipulated hoedowns, mournful, slow-blooming banjo-and-white-noise-laced epics, or rural barbershop doo wop. Focusing on a wide palette of instrumentation, but always coming back to their soaring three-part harmonies

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24 November 2009
Doors 7.30pm

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London N1 0207 833 2022

Tickets £9 from
Or in person at Rough Trade East

The rousing PORT O’BRIEN debut All We Could Was Sing was released to an ecstatic reception last year, with critics and fans alike swept away by their tales of the sea and music filled with joyous abandon. But while some of our favourite albums are informed by delirium and youthful adventure, others are informed by tragedy and the depths of heartache. Unexpectedly, Port O’Brien’s second album falls into this category.

Where the band’s stomping debut All We Could Do Was Sing was full of ragged chants and life affirming lyrics, Threadbare is, as the name suggests, a much more contemplative and introspective affair yet still filled with all-encompassing, emotionally charged anthems for which Port O’Brien have become known.

What began in early 2009 as a light-hearted and loose songwriting effort quickly turned into a dense and bold work, following the sudden death of close family member. A lingering sense of apprehension hung around the resultant recording process.

Chinks of light are seen on ‘Love Me Through’, as the band regenerate with jaunty licks and stripped kit. The subject matter peering through the darkness towards the light at the end of the tunnel; “And after all this/I still love love love/Everything you do/But still I wonder, If you’ll love me through”.

The album closes with the book-end ‘High Without the Hope’ which begins with the same intro except played backwards. The song is almost identical but crucially, the lyrics differ and at the end Cambria adds: “Mourning’s never linear…”.

Threadbare is alarmingly honest and cuts like a knife, but it’s all the richer and stronger for it.

Praise for All We Could Do Was Sing
“This bands waters aren’t always still, but they do run satisfyingly deep” 4/6 Time Out
“Excellent debut album… nautical but very nice” 4/5 The Times
"Songs of hardship, resilience and drifting melancholy thus feature, all imbued with salty spirit and a bracing musicality. Arcade Fire fans are advised to take the bait." 4/5 The Independent
“Joyous abandon” 4/5 Uncut
“’Fisherman’s Son’ captures the bleak beauty of the frozen wilderness. If it inspires music like this, they shouldn't give up their day jobs just yet." Q
"…seriously fine material. The Alaskan fishing fleet's loss will be roots-rock's gain." Word
“Port O'Brien recognise that simplicity yields extremely good results… and the reward is all ours on their debut." The Fly
“Energetic and life affirming… a cracking debut album” 4/5 The Sun
“We’ve developed a bit of a crush” NME
“The sense of exuberance at the sheer joy of being alive… a debut album of group chants and lush melodies” The Guardian
“Port O’Brien have cast their lines and have us completely hooked”
Independent On Sunday
“Contemplative acoustic and melodically stomping indie folk… a beguiling debut” Metro